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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:36 pm 
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I still think Armstrong's gonna run this thing into the damn mountain, but we will see.

Hitch's final season in the NHL. If he doesn't get it done next year, I expect there'll be more people than just him headed out the door.

Is it telling that Muller decided to bolt St. Louis or did he just think Montreal was the better gig?


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:28 pm 
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Good God...what a terrible couple weeks for St. Loo fans.

First, Mike Yeo named as the heir apparent to Hitch.

http://www.startribune.com/mike-yeo-to- ... 382698161/

Then, Dreger posts this:

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Shattenkirk watch is on. Seems unlikely Blues will be able to extend him. Boston among those most interested in trade, but interest is high.


https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status ... 4290360321


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:29 pm 
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Blooz are 3-7 in their last 10. Hitch fired, Yeo takes over. Allen, he of the multi-year extension, is mentally broken.

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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:20 pm 
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Keep goin' Army! You've almost done it!


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:12 pm 
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Well, might have to eat a bit of crow given how well St. Louis made out last week. They managed to free some salary by losing Perron in the expansion draft, upgraded at C by swapping Lehtera for B. Schenn, then dealt a goon for a 1st round pick they used for a kid (Kostin) who was projected to go much higher. Not bad. Now he's just gotta lock up Parayko to a deal and the Blues are in good shape.

Still...I don't think they have the right coach nor do they have the right goaltender. But they are a good enough team to make the playoffs at the very least and haven't really torpedoed the future.


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:27 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Well, might have to eat a bit of crow given how well St. Louis made out last week. They managed to free some salary by losing Perron in the expansion draft, upgraded at C by swapping Lehtera for B. Schenn, then dealt a goon for a 1st round pick they used for a kid (Kostin) who was projected to go much higher. Not bad. Now he's just gotta lock up Parayko to a deal and the Blues are in good shape.

Still...I don't think they have the right coach nor do they have the right goaltender. But they are a good enough team to make the playoffs at the very least and haven't really torpedoed the future.


So to recap, they missed the playoffs by a point, but I suppose Armstrong essentially pulled the plug when he dealt Stastny so it's hard to say this was an outright failure.

Also, somehow Perron managed to find a new level to his game no one thought he had, and now he's a free agent.

No idea what the offseason plans are. On the surface, they appear to want to look at in-house players/prospects to fill in holes (2nd line center, backup goalie) and they have an AHL affiliate all to themselves now, so there's plenty of spots. But they have the cap room/prospects to make a huge splash in the free agent/trade market if they wish to do so.


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:37 pm 
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They're another all-in for JT team, especially since they can't really be players for the second-best C option...

If they can find takers for Berglund and Sobotka's contracts, they'll be happy. It'll free up money for a Bozak-type. Plekanec is a low-cost option for them.

Internally, they'll pray for health for Fabbri and Schwartz. Thomas and Kyrou will be penciled into the lineup as rookies. NCAA stars Nolan Stevens and Erik Foley might be ready too. This team has a lot of young talent I like.

Bouwmeester will wind his career down as a bottom pairing guy. Husso will get a chance to take the job from Allen.

They're probably on the market for a centre and a defenceman, but they could roll the dice and hope Thomas is ready to be a star.

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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
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I like where this team is at. Solid top 9 with a bunch of youngsters with potential.

Just need the goalies to work out.

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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:43 pm 
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No team is closer to the cap, if you can believe it. If they win, it'll be because of their impressive depth.

Schwartz-Schenn-Tarasenko
Fabbri-O'Reilly-Kyrou
Maroon-Bozak-Perron
Barbashev-Thomas-Steen
Jaskin

Edmundson-Pietrangelo
Dunn-Parayko
Schmaltz-Bouwmeester
Gunnarsson

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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:43 pm 
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I seriously did not see this team tied for dead last in the NHL with Los Angeles (which I also didn't see coming).

One victory and three losses since the new guy took over. Maybe the coach wasn't the problem.


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:39 pm 
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Same old story: trash goalies. Allen and Johnson are under the goalie Mendoza line, save pct-wise, and Husso isn't faring much better in Peoria...errr... San Antonio.

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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:15 pm 
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Blues reportedly put up an insane number of missed shots. They're getting desperate and not playing with any sort of confidence. That happens when you can't trust the guy between the pipes behind you.

I'm still curious as to why Armstrong is still the guy calling the shots, he shouldn't be allowed to make another move, period. But I'm an Avs fan so I'm actually quite all right with him staying aboard.


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:01 pm 
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Stop. Panic Time!

Jordan Binnington, who at one point was the #5 goalie in the organizational depth chart, gets a callup in hopes he can fix the dire goaltending situation in STL.


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 Post subject: Re: So, what now?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:20 pm 
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Well...looks like St. Louie is playin' his swan song...I don't have the link but according to The Athletic's Jeremy Rutherford, everyone...and I mean EVERYONE is up for grabs, including Vladimir Tarasenko.


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